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Six Books for Anti-Leisure

This month has been all about leisure, but at Ark we are also all about that hard work. Some books just have to be read despite their tedious sentences, wacky logic or complete lack of grammatical coherence. It’s tough, but someone’s gotta do. Here are a few staff picks, for when you feel like giving… Keep Reading

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“Against Everything” by Mark Greif

In the month of June on the Ark Review, taking inspiration from Mark Grief’s recent book “Against Everything”, we are going to try and write against everything. Collectively though, and one subject at a time. So really more like Against ________. As in, fill in the ________. So, check out Emilie Bang-Jensen’s of  “Against Everything”… Keep Reading

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Aliens and Anorexia by Chris Kraus

The second book in the I Love Dick trilogy begins where I Love Dick ends. Chris is in Berlin trying to sell her experimental short film after having it rejected at several film festivals. She is freezing, she is lonely, there is a lot of waiting and a ton of rejection. So, she meditates on… Keep Reading

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Review: I Hate the Internet, by Jarett Kobek

At the bottom of the corn yellow cover, in overstated yet small italics, is written the claim: “a novel”. However, it’s really more like an oversized pamphlet in witness protection, disguising as a novel, cap and sunglasses on, as it never lets the reader forget that it is, in fact, a novel—but a bad one.… Keep Reading

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Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan

Nothing Holds Back the Night is a memoir about a woman called Lucile, narrated by her daughter Delphine, who we learn early on is going to kill herself. This book has received great reviews and been declared “book of the year” in at least one newspaper, and everyone says the same: “hard to put down’’,… Keep Reading

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang revisited

This book is so weird – and not just for the story. The text continuously keeps contradicting itself throughout the book and once you see it, there’s no unseeing it. That said, I’d advise first-time readers to start with a fully stocked dopamine center, as this book might go through your brain like  Pac-man, snacking… Keep Reading

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